Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Correction: Margaret Williams remains at Mountain Xpress, more

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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mountain_xpress_logo_2015Some of what’s going around:

-Correction on Mountain Xpress post: I’ve got a correction on a post earlier today about Margaret Williams, a long-time staffer and editor at Mountain XpressI had written that word on the street was that she had departed the newspaper, and Margaret writes to inform that’s incorrect – she’s still there. I don’t know what’s happening at the Asheville alternative news weekly, but Williams’ status recently changed. The newspapers’ masthead had Williams listed as managing editor, but it now show’s that she is an associate editor, and it lists Jeff Fobes as both editor and publisher, where before he was listed as publisher. My apologies to Margaret and Xpress.

-New pop culture shop opening in West Asheville: The owner of a new shop featuring vinyl records, video games and much more is planning to open on Haywood Road in west Asheville in the next couple of months. It will be opening close to the location of the new location for Firestorm Books. More as I get it.

-When love comes to town: A billboard advertising Pepsi was changed on April 1 when activists climbed up the  prominent sign along Interstate 240 in Asheville and painted the word “love” over “Pepsi” so that the sign reads “Welcome to LoveTown” instead of “Welcome to PepsiTown.” The activists have said their act was one of protest against the corporation.

-Top grocery stores, ranked: Consumer Reports recently ranked the best grocery stores in the U.S. Wegmans, Trader Joe’s and Publix were the top three. Here’s another story here about the supermarket rankings. You need a subscription to read the full Consumer Reports story.

-CNN filming in Asheville: A documentary crew from CNN recently filmed the tiny home of Asheville resident Natalie Pollard. She blogged it over at

Tiny home life is proving to be interesting beyond the expected nuances of living in such a small space. Yesterday a film crew from CNN came to document both my business, an urban homestead supply store called Villagers, as well as my Nanostead home.

I was distracted and preoccupied, and therefore didn’t take many photos. But I love the one of the TV crew members jammed in my little house! At one point there were 9 of us in there, plus all of the film cameras and booms and lights.

The footage will be part of a new documentary series coming next year titled United Shades of America, hosted by W. Kamau Bell. The premise of the series, as I understand it, is to explore the far corners of our country in search of its diverse and layered subcultures. The crew were fun and smart and easy going. They asked good questions. Kamau was personable, and I appreciate him carefully bringing up the prevalent issue of racism that still exists in our country – that underlying tension that is still very strong and very real.

-Beer fest at Burial: Here’s the press release:

Burial Beer Co. 2nd Annual Sharpen the Blades Saison Fest- Sat. May 2

As spring time is in full swing we celebrate a style of beer that inspires us. Saison, translating to “season” in french was historically brewed for the farmer to drink after a hard days work. not only do we feel a connection to the farm aspect but find the saison to be the perfect base beer to showcase different yeast strains, hops and other adjuncts.

Once a year we gather saisons from breweries across North Carolina to showcase at our taproom. We want to give beer drinkers a chance to explore a specific beer style and experience the talent in our beer community.

On May 2nd 2015 at 12PM we are hosting 28 breweries and their creative expression of a saison. The event is not ticketed but we will be selling a commemorative event glassware (a 6oz tulip glass that you keep) and Beer tickets a la carte. One ticket will get you a full pour in your glass. This way you can customize your own event!

There will be several pouring areas. Live Music from local legends the hermit kings and octopus jones as well as Gold Light from South Carolina starting at 4PM until 7:30PM.

Elliot Moss of Buxton Hall Barbecue (set to open later this spring) will be on site cooking and selling some delicious barbecue starting at 1PM. Below is a list of participating breweries:

Burial Beer Co. (of course), Catawba Brewing, Green Man Brewery, Highland

Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Twin Leaf Brewery, One World Brewing, Oyster House Brewing, Thirsty Monk Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing And the out of town breweries:

Oskar Blues Brewing (Brevard), Sierra Nevada Brewing (Mills River), Nantahala

Brewing (Bryson City), Fonta Flora Brewery (Morganton), Trophy Brewing (Raleigh), Unknown Brewing (Charlotte), Innovation Brewing (Sylva), Full Steam Brewery (Durham), Bird Song Brewing (Charlotte), Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.

(Greensboro), Mystery Brewing (Hillsborough), Haw River Farmhouse Ales

(Saxapahaw), Boojum Brewing (Waynesville), Steel String Brewery (Carrboro),

Lonerider Brewing (Raleigh)

Burial Beer Co. is located at 40 Collier Avenue.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Sam Craig April 6, 2015

    That comment was supposed to be on the Smokey’s post.

  2. Sam Craig April 6, 2015

    GIS says it is owned by Pauline Cassady of Marshall. 3290 sf on 2 floors plus unfinished basement. I have only glanced in the door but it looked small.

    Wine bar?

  3. weavervilleman April 5, 2015

    woohoo! Go Publix! Heard that Walmart was #55 out of 55!

  4. Harry April 5, 2015

    Yes, because racism is a natural piece of any discussion involving tiny homes.

    1. Barry Summers April 5, 2015

      Yeah, I would’ve liked a fuller explanation of how that discussion started.

      But then, race is one of the things that the show “United Shades of America” appears to be about:

      “The series will strive to show the United States is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America.”


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